• Application 11718-2017

• Admitted 2016

• Hearing 24 November 2017

• Reasons 12 December 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

The matter was dealt with by way of the agreed outcome procedure.

By virtue of his convictions in the magistrates’ court of four offences of dishonestly obtaining services contrary to section 11 of the Fraud Act 2006; one offence of making or supplying articles for use in fraud, contrary to section 7 of the act; one offence of dishonestly making a false representation to make a gain for self/another or cause loss to other/expose another to a risk of loss, contrary to section 2 of the act, the respondent had breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had benefited financially by his actions which had been motivated by personal gain, causing loss of revenue to the local authority. He had been dishonest and his misconduct had involved the commission of criminal offences which had been deliberate and had occurred over a period.

The most serious misconduct involved dishonesty and almost invariably led to striking off, save in exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances had not been established.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £1,142.